Abstract Expressionist Pigcasso displaces Frances Bacon in the Art World

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Painting ‘Pigcasso’ Hogs The Limelight At South Africa Farm Sanctuary


The pig was rescued and brought to an animal sanctuary in Franschhoek, where her new owners noticed her love of color and paint brushes.



Brandishing a paintbrush in her snout, Pigcasso enthusiastically tosses her head to create

bright, bold strokes across a canvas propped up in her sty.


The sow was rescued from an abattoir as a piglet and brought to an animal sanctuary in

Franschhoek, in South Africa’s Western Cape region in 2016, where her new owners


noticed her love of color and paint brushes.

“Pigs are very smart animals and so when I brought Pigcasso here to the barn, I thought

how do I keep her entertained?” said Joanne Lefson, who runs Farm Sanctuary SA.



“We threw in some soccer balls, rugby balls and of course there were some paintbrushes

lying around because the barn was newly build … She basically ate or destroyed

everything except these paintbrushes … she loved them so much,” Lefson added.

Soon the pig was dipping the brushes into pots of paint and making her mark. Her

paintings can sell for almost $4,000, with the proceeds going to animal welfare. She has

even had one of her artworks turned into a watch face for Swiss watchmaker Swatch.


Swatch announced a collaboration with the pig last month.


The limited edition “Flying Pig by Ms. Pigcasso” features green, blue and pink brush

strokes and sells for $120.


“Pigcasso is definitely an abstract expressionist, you can’t exactly define what she’s

painting but I can tell you that her style slightly changes depending on her mood like any

great artist,” said Lefson. ($1 = 0.7660 pounds)


By: Alexandra Hudson reported by Reuters TV.

Source: The Huffington Post


“For Art Lovers: Think of Pigcasso before Eating Pork”




Mariana Almeida

Arno Ambrosius

David Dunham

Gustavo López Ospina

Gertjan Storm

Editor: Pieter Jan Brouwer


“Amazon Pink Dolphin” is the official blog of SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras. The intention of the blog is to generate debate on environmental issues; the Amazon Rain forest in particular. Contributions and support are done on a voluntary basis and do not imply institutional affiliation.  Similarly opinions expressed in this blog do not necessarily represent the official position of SVSF.



All Title photographs of the Amazon Pink fresh water Dolphin are the creation of Kevin Schafer.



~ by SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras on 12 March, 2019.

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